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Former Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette Reunites With Paramedics Who Saved His Life (VIDEO)
Two years ago, then-Seattle Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette took a brutal hit during a game against the Dallas Cowboys and remained motionless on the field until he was taken off on a stretcher.
That hit damaged a disc and ligaments in his neck. It required season-ending surgery and ultimately ended his career.
Just recently, Lockette had an opportunity to thank the paramedics who helped prevent a far worse outcome.
Here’s what Lockette said back in March 2016:
“[The doctors] said if I would have stood up then, the weight of my head — left, right, front, back — I would have died,” Lockette said. “If one of my teammates would have come over and pulled my arm, just barely, I might have died. Or if the returner at the time would have broken a couple tackles, and they would have rolled and fell on me, I would have died on that field. But what saved my life was the trainers, the work that you guys do.”
Lockette spoke at the Washington Fire Chiefs Conference in Spokane to express his gratitude and had no clue he was speaking to two of the paramedics who had saved his life that day. He tearfully greeted them once realizing it.
“The reason that I’m standing here, the reason that I have the opportunity to hug my mom now, the reason that I got an opportunity to go to my daughter’s graduation from elementary school is because of you guys,” Lockette said, “It’s more like I’m talking to my angels. It’s more like I’m talking to the people who saved my life.”